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“Alright man, get ready! Give me a couple squeezes with that arm. Squeeze, squeeze, squeeze, squeeze and look away, if you want to.” a registered nurse from UCLA said. This was repeated throughout the day on November 30 at the Beverly Hills High School annual blood drive. The line to donate was filled throughout the day as students were excused from their classes to donate blood.
Senior Francesco Bertini reads on his phone to distract himself.
Smiling for the camera, Kevai Williams gets her blood tested before she is cleared to donate.
Junior Paris Rosen isn’t scared of needles. “I feel fine,” Rosen said. “You can’t really feel anything if you don’t focus on the needle. Is was like a small pinch but it wasn’t too bad.”
Stretching his arm up to get his blood circulating, Altan Maxim ‘rocks on’
Senior Pasha Quraishi started his day with a thrill. “I woke up, it was a pretty average day but I got here and they is a lot of good energy going around and I’m just ready to go,” Quraishi said. “It’s my first time [donating blood] so I don’t know what to expect but I’m just doing a good thing for a good cause so I’m just pretty excited I don’t get scared of blood at all. It should be fun.”
Eager, senior Dan Bazini waits for the nurse to come and pick out which vain she is going to use to put the needle in.
One of the UCLA nurses gets the needle ready for her patient.
Bazini and Quraishi eagerly lay down waiting to donate. “It’s not as bad as I thought it would be. But it’s alright, now i just have to wait and it’s just a great feeling knowing what this bag of blood will do,” Quraishi said.
One of the nurses looks for a student’s vain trying to find the perfect one to poke into.
. After feeling a little light headed, senior Brian Harward sips on some gatorade so he won’t feel sick.